Our Team

Our team of Vancouver Family Lawyers, Mediators and support staff are committed to providing person-centred legal services to Family Law clients in Vancouver, the North Shore and the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.

Nicole Garton, B.A., LL.B., TEP

Lawyer and Mediator
Nicole Garton, B.A., LL.B., TEP, is a lawyer, mediator and parenting coordinator of family law, wills and estates matters. In her solicitor’s practice, Nicole advises on all aspects of estate planning and administration including the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements and trusts, as well as applications for probate and letters of administration.

Elizabeth Markus

Director of Knowledge Management and Paralegal
Since launching her legal career in 1987, Elizabeth has worked in diverse practice areas, including business and corporate, wills and estates, civil litigation and family law. On obtaining her Legal Assistant Diploma in Toronto, Ontario, she first worked for a small intellectual property law firm in London, Ontario, while completing her degree at the University of Western Ontario.

Susan Schweighardt

Estate Planning and Real Estate Paralegal
Susan Schweighardt is our wills, estates and real estate paralegal and assists with the firm’s general administration. She started her legal career in 1986 after she obtained her legal assistant certification from BCIT in Maple Ridge, BC.

Stacie Ayukawa, MTI

Family Law Paralegal
Stacie completed the paralegal diploma program at Capilano University, where she was awarded several scholarships and distinctions for her academic achievements. Stacie was also selected by the university to give the student address speech during convocation for the department of business and professional studies.
Marilyn Lairef

Marilyn Laires

Marilyn graduated from the paralegal program in 1986 and has worked in almost every area of law since that time with an emphasis on litigation, family law and corporate/commercial law.

Lynne Thomson

Lynne takes care of day-to-day operational finances of the firm encompassing not limited to accounts receivable, accounts payable and account reconciliations. With a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Lynne graduated with Honors from BCIT in 2009, and has worked in various accounting positions in both public practice and industry including a large retail and wholesale American owned company.
Darby Olson

Darby Olson

Receptionist and Legal Administrative Assistant
Darby Olson is originally from the Sunshine Coast and has recently completed the Global Stewardship program at Capilano University. She is currently taking courses in the paralegal program at Capilano University.